Those It Is Acceptable to Hate

This summer some of us from our church meet every other week to discuss a query dealing with some issue related to things happening around the world. A few weeks back we talked about a query dealing with the oil spill and how it is or is not affecting us, and our larger society. WeContinue reading “Those It Is Acceptable to Hate”

Psalm 52: A Letter to Wall Street and Those of Similar Persuasion

Psalm 52. He and she who has ears to hear let them listen. To the fat cats of American capitalism: Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery. You love evil moreContinue reading “Psalm 52: A Letter to Wall Street and Those of Similar Persuasion”

The Testimony of Truthfulness (Matt. 5:33-37)

Text from my sermon June 13, 2010. This morning we begin our summer long discussion on Quaker testimonies with the testimony of truthfulness, or what has more typically been called the testimony of truth-telling, honesty, integrity, against oath-taking, etc. Irregardless of what we call it, listening to, learning, and living the truth are the centralContinue reading “The Testimony of Truthfulness (Matt. 5:33-37)”

The Convergence of Quakerism – Ephesians 2:11ff

The text from my message given to Camas Friends Church June 6, 2010 Personal Histories In the last couple weeks, I have been reflecting a lot on my own history, my own personal narratives that have shaped my life. With having recently gone home this probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I confessContinue reading “The Convergence of Quakerism – Ephesians 2:11ff”

Lady Wisdom as Mid-Wife (Proverbs 8)

While I was at Pendle Hill a couple weeks back I mentioned there was a lot of talk about meeting houses closing, there was a lot of talk about death, some literal death, some the death of our meetings and with it a (big) piece of our own stories. But there was more a senseContinue reading “Lady Wisdom as Mid-Wife (Proverbs 8)”

Lady Wisdom, Feminine Divine and Proverbs 8

Last week we discussed Proverbs 8, here are some of my thoughts on the passage. Let’s be honest here, the (divine feminine) language in this passage can be little shocking to American Christianity, which is so often dominated by men. Who is wisdom? Well, whoever she is, she’s a woman. I read this as sayingContinue reading “Lady Wisdom, Feminine Divine and Proverbs 8”

Movements and Common Language of the Spirit – Acts 2

Last week I wrote a little about our experience of visiting another Quaker meeting in Portland last Sunday. During that time of open worship I thought some about Acts 2 and Pentecost. It was obvious that there is much that these two communities have in common and can learn from one another. And given theContinue reading “Movements and Common Language of the Spirit – Acts 2”

Reenforcing Totalitarian Power Through Masculine Language

I came across this quote today while working on my sermon for Sunday: “We have tended to use particular power models for God that image divine power as like that of a monarchical ruler, or a military general who crushes all who oppose him. The model of power assumed here is one of competitive power:Continue reading “Reenforcing Totalitarian Power Through Masculine Language”